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CORD puts off mass action to stave off violent clashes

Sources at the CORD secretariat said the leaders were concerned about recent police movements into their strongholds, which they feared would be used to distabilise the regions ahead of voter registration exercise. Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has vowed to deal decisively with the protests.

By Phillip MuleeWednesday, 11 Jan 2017 20:15 EAT

CORD leaders raise their hands in solidarity at the Bomas of Kenya earlier today. (Photo: Free Press Reporter).

Opposition chiefs meeting at the Bomas of Kenya today shelved planned protests over the controversial Election Laws signed by President Kenyatta on Monday. According to sources in the CORD coalition, leaders Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress-ANC) suspended the demonstrations after the government deployed massive police forces in opposition strongholds in preparation for the protests.

Mr Odinga announced a 30-day break from protests in his speech to the gathering of CORD elected leaders, party officials and aspirants at the Bomas of Kenya early today, saying the postponement was meant to mobilize their supporters to register as voters ahead of the August elections. The massive voter registration exercise starts on Monday January 16, to February 15. Raila Odinga said the move by the opposition to mobilise their supporters to register as voters is a protest in its own over an "inept government."

The sources at the CORD secretariat however informed the Kenya Free Press that the leaders were concerned about recent police movements into their strongholds, which they feared would be used to distabilise the regions ahead of voter registration exercise. Cabinet secretary for Interior Joseph Nkaissery had also promised that the police would deal decisively with the protests.

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